Nafaath went close at Doncaster under today’s amateur last time when Sergeant Pink was well beaten and the latter scored over fences a fortnight ago. Buzz Boy won at Redcar when last on the level and has been hurdling subsequently while High Expectations and Ripped make the journey over from Ireland and the latter is partnered by Serena Brotherton. But JONNY DELTA arrives on the back of a course and distance success and he gets the vote with today’s rider claiming 5lb and negating a rise in the weights.
Match My Fire (IRE) 5-1fav (9-5) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders 3f out, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 20, 11 1/4l behind Boycie (9-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp (5) gs in Apr.
Nafaath (IRE) 18-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out to chase leaders, led over 2f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Royal Flag (10-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Thorntoun Care 10-1 (9-4) Slowly away towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, 15 1/4l behind Sebastian's Wish (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp (6) gf in May.
Jonny Delta 5-2jfav (8-3) Disputed close 3rd, switched right over 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, stayed on gamely to lead well inside final furlong, won at Ayr 1m 5f hcp (5) gf in May beating Ice Galley (9-5) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, driven to challenge next, every chance 2 out, led before last, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in May beating Ryalex (11-12) by 3 3/4l, 9 ran.
Buzz Boy (ITY) 50-1 (11-7) Held up, last after 3rd, some slight mistakes, pushed along 6th, no impression from next, no extra straight, tailed off, 11th of 12, dist behind On The Go Again (11-7) at Navan 2m mdn hvy in Mar.
Meadow Cross (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and no impression early straight, some progress on outer 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 6 3/4l behind The Last Marju (10-0) at Cork 1m 2f hcp gd in May.
Mallory Heights (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and progress to chase leaders over 3f out, no impression 1f out, one pace, 9th of 16, 3 3/4l behind Bay Hill (9-12) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp gd in Apr.
Ripped (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along early straight and progress to challenge under 2f out, ridden over 1f out and no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 18, 4 3/4l behind The Last Marju (10-0) at Cork 1m 2f hcp gd in May.
High Expectations (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division on inner, ridden 3 out, soon no impression, 10th of 14, 33 1/2l behind Little Mitch (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp sft in Apr.
Sherman McCoy 66-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, ridden and faded over 1f out, 7th of 11, 14 1/2l behind Genres (10-11) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Jan.